Wine Cellar Door Construction Comparison

All of our products are proudly manufactured, designed and built in the USA by New England craftsman. It's pride in our company and skilled workers that allow us to deliver the best quality wine cellar doors and wine storage products in the industry.

We offer two standard lines of doors; our Value Classic doors and our Classic door series. Below we outline some of the differences in their construction that explain the variances in pricing. Both our lines of doors have uncompromising quality and lasting craftsmanship.

Why a Vigilant Door? Not all 'solid wood' frames are the same...

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Our Classic vs. Value Classic Door Construction Comparison

Door Styles

Classic Collection

Classic full glass square arch winecellar doors

Full Glass Doors Starting at $1265

View and learn more about our Classic series of wine cellar doors.

 

Value Classic Collection

Value Classic full glass square arch winecellar doors

Full Glass Doors Starting at $935

View and learn more about our Value Classic series of wine cellar doors.

Construction

Classic Collection

Classic doors have coped edges

Our Classic series doors have traditional styling with coped edges

 

Value Classic Collection

Value classic doors have routed edges

Our Value Classic series doors have transitional styling with a routed edge

Vigilant winecellar doors have mortise and tenon construction

We use mortise and tenon joinery on all of our Classic and Value Classic doors. This superior but labor-intensive joinery method has been used for thousands of years by woodworkers. It is simple and strong and is made of two components: the mortise hole and the tenon tongue. The tenon is cut to fit the mortise hole exactly and usually has shoulders that seat when the joint fully enters the mortise hole. The joint is glued to lock it in place.

 
Vigilant winecellar doors use cope and stick joinery methods

We use cope and stick construction methods for the frame and panel of our doors producing a beautiful door you will be proud to display. In this type of construction all the components of the frame are given a decorative profile on the edge to be jointed into a panel and the horizontal pieces are given a cope cut across the end of the grain of wood.

Classic Collection

Classic series door top railing

Our Classic door line has a 5" top rail

Classic series door bottom railing

Our Classic door line has a 10" bottom rail

 

Value Classic Collection

Value Classic series door top railing

Our Value Classic doors have a 7" top rail

Value Classic series door bottom railing

Our Value Classic doors have a 7" bottom rail

Not all Solid Wood Frames are the Same

Lumber Quality

Laminated Veneer Lumber (LVL)

LVL Lumber

Many of our competitors use composite or LVL (Laminate Veneer Lumber) construction on their doors and claim them as solid wood.

Engineered wood is a combination of few planks of soft wood, pressed and glued together in an overlapping pattern.

Engineered wood uses toxic glues containing chemicals, like Formaldehyde, that are not environmentally friendly.

Engineered wood is cheaper because it is made from pieces of veneers or plywood that can have defects and create a random looking pattern.

Engineered wood is susceptible to warping and shrinkage which affects a doors performance.

 

Solid Hardwood

Vigilant's Solid Hard Wood Winecellar Doors

We use solid hardwoods for all our doors. Our skilled workers hand-select, mill, and construct your personal wine cellar door from a single piece of solid wood.

We do not use toxic glues on solid hardwood doors. We use mortise and tenon and cope and stick door joinery ensuring their strength and performance.

We use solid hardwood because it creates a beautiful, long lasting high quality product.

Glass Insulation

A wine cellar door must keep warm air outside from entering the wine cellar. Many companies use inexpensive glass with poor insulating properties.

 

All Vigilant doors have high-quality, low-E, argon-filled, insulated glass (R-value: 3.2) ensuring the wine in your cellar is properly protected.